STORAGE: Michigan researchers have published a set of 12 principles meant to guide utilities, operators and designers into sustainable energy-storage systems. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Legislation in South Dakota looks to clearly define the rates at which solar generating customers are reimbursed. (Midwest Energy News)

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NUCLEAR: The Canadian government again delays a decision on whether to allow the storage of nuclear power plant waste less than a mile from Lake Huron. (Associated Press)

OHIO: An independent power producers’ group says nearly 55,000 letters in opposition to two utility income-guarantee requests have been sent to state officials. (Associated Press)

CARBON TRADING: Some environmental groups oppose carbon trading plans to lower emissions because they fear it will disproportionately affect low-income and minority communities. (ClimateWire)

COAL:
• Missouri’s largest coal plant may be forced to install pollution-control equipment to cut down on sulfur dioxide pollution in the area. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Analysts say there is a greater than 50 percent chance that Peabody Energy will file for bankruptcy. (SNL / IEEFA)
Customers of a Minnesota utility will get refunds due to high prices they paid for electricity after coal shipments weren’t delivered on time. (Twin Cities Business)
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The last coal-fired steamship that operates in the Great Lakes is designated a National Historic Landmark. (MLive)

PIPELINES: Iowa regulators are still undecided on whether to allow a company access to unwilling property owners’ land for the Bakken pipeline project. (WHO-TV)

ELECTIONS: Potential changes to Michigan’s ballot initiative process increase the likelihood that an anti-fracking proposal could go before voters in 2018. (MLive)

OIL AND GAS:
• The “Keep it in the Ground” movement appears to be shifting its focus from pipeline development to protesting oil and gas leases on public lands. (Climate Central)
• Michigan residents who may be victims in an oil and gas bid-rigging scheme stemming from 2010 can still file claims with the state. (MLive)

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FINANCE: Apple issues the largest “green bond” by a U.S. corporation, announcing $1.5 billion to help finance clean energy projects across its global business operations. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• The American Lung Association applauds Minnesota for moving forward on a Clean Power Plan strategy despite last week’s setback at the Supreme Court. (MinnPost)
It’s time for Illinois to become a clean energy leader again. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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